For Keeps: 30 Years at the Movies

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For Keeps offers the best of Kael's reviews and other writings on movies from the collections that have marked her matchless career, starting with I Lost It at the Movies (1965), through Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Deeper Into Movies (a National Book Award winner), The Citizen Kane Book ("Raising Kane," the full text on the making of the movie, is here), and all the others in a glorious run concluding with Movie Love in 1991. More than 275 reviews are arranged chronologically - in effect, a history of 30 years of ...
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For Keeps offers the best of Kael's reviews and other writings on movies from the collections that have marked her matchless career, starting with I Lost It at the Movies (1965), through Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Deeper Into Movies (a National Book Award winner), The Citizen Kane Book ("Raising Kane," the full text on the making of the movie, is here), and all the others in a glorious run concluding with Movie Love in 1991. More than 275 reviews are arranged chronologically - in effect, a history of 30 years of movies. This ultimate compendium from America's most eloquent, passionate, and provocative critic is a boon to serious moviegoers and an indispensable companion in the age of the VCR.

America's most provocative film critic offers the best of her reviews and other writings on movies from the 13 collections that have marked her matchless career. A perfect complement to VCR movie-viewing, the book includes more than 275 reviews arranged in chronological order.

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Margo Jefferson
. . . She nails her own faults as a writer: "reckless excess, in both praise and damnation": analogy gridlock and rhetorical overkill. Turn them inside out and you have her virtues writ large: intellectual breadth, verbal inventiveness and the storyteller's gift for making thought suspenseful and feeling palpable. It is not a style writers should imitate, but it is a style readers should savor.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this mammoth anthology, former New Yorker film critic Kael skims the cream from 10 of her previous review compilations published between 1965 and 1991, adding a generous excerpt from The Citizen Kane Book (1971). In more than 275 pointed, wisecracking, sometimes maddening, always engaging reviews, Kael deflates pretensions, skewers schlock and zeroes in on what makes good movies work. She files opinionated, often politically incorrect put-downs of Dances with Wolves, Platoon, Rain Man, Fellini Satyricon, West Side Story, The Color Purple and Lenny, while revealing her eclectic, unpredictable taste in plaudits for Lolita, Prizzi's Honor, Tootsie, Z, The Magic Flute and My Beautiful Laundrette. Kael resolutely approaches film as an art form that must be understood on its own terms, yet her reviews depict precisely how movies interact with life, popular culture and the collective psyche, making this a treasure trove of some of the best film criticism available.
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This anthology contains reviews and other film-related writings by The New Yorker's illustrious critic spanning the years 1962-92. Over 275 well-chosen selections, which are drawn from Kael's 13 previous book compilations, are arranged in chronological order. The work is important not so much for its scope as for the individuality and candor of its author. Kael is arguably the most pernicious, influential, and literary of film critics to have written in the postwar era. In addition to ennobling criticism itself with her masterly reviews, she has been bold enough to publish insightful, if biting, critiques of the reviews of other prominent critics. In view of Kael's reputation and the appealing style of the individual pieces, this compilation may supersede many existing movie guides for both casual readers and students of film, and it will probably not sit on your shelves.-Douglas McClemont, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452273085
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 1312
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 2.05 (d)

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